Calling ICE gurus, advice needed...

alanvoon

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Hey all,

I am looking into buying a double DIN HU and I have troubles differentiating between the 2 below :-

Alpine IDA-W502E
Alpine IDA-W520E

As far as I know, the 520 is a newer model as compared to the 502 but it is also much cheaper than the 502.

I tried searching online and I couldn't find any comparison between those 2, thus I am in a dilemma now.

Does anyone know the difference between these 2 models ?
Would appreciate if I could get some opinion on this.

Thank you in advance :)
 
alpine W502
DVD / CD receiver with touchscreen and internal amp 7″ ( 50 peak x 4 channels )
• Double – Din Chassis
• Plays CD, DVD, recordable discs ( including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC files ), DVD + / R / RW
• Video CD and Divx compatible
• Dolby Digital and DTS digital output via optical cable
• Compatible with Alpine PXA – H100 IMPRINT ™ audio processor
• Compatible with Alpine iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, CD Changer, Navigation module, and surround-sound processor
• USB Input, A / V input, Rear Camera Input
• A / V output, optical digital output, 6-channel preamp outputs ( Front, Rear, Subwoofer )
• Bluetooth ® Ready ( optional KCE-350BT or PMD-B200 required )
• Full speed auxiliary input to mini-jack cable ( optional KCE-236B required ) ? Remote control included
• IMPRINT ™ Ready with dual input capability ( PXA-H100 audio processor required )
Spesificasion:

Highlights
- DVD / CD receiver with 7 ” touchscreen and internal amp ( 50 peak x 4 channels )
- Double DIN Chassis
- Plays CD, DVD, recordable discs ( including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC files ), DVD + / R / RW
- Video CD and DivX compatible
- Dolby Digital and DTS digital output via optical cable
- Compatible with Alpine PXA-H100 IMPRINT ™ audio processor
- Compatible with Alpine iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, CD changer, Navigation module, and surround-sound processor
- USB input, A / V input, Rear camera input
- A / V output, optical digital output, 6 ( channel ) preamp outputs ( front, rear, subwoofer )

Connectivity Features
- DVD-R / RW / CD / MP3 / AAC / WMA / DivX playback
- Direct USB and / or Full Speed Connection ™ for iPod ® with album art display (if available)
- IPod video control for select iPod models
- USB MTP support for MP3 players, mass storage drives
- Bluetooth ® Ready (optional KCE-350BT or PMD-B200 required)
- Full speed auxiliary input to mini-jack cable (optional KCE-236B required)
- A / V input / output, rear camera input
- Single-zone rear seat output with independent source control

Control Features
- 7″ WVGA touch screen display
- Quick Search ™
- Steering wheel remote ready
- Remote control included

Audio Features
- 24-bit DAC
- DVD Audio 2 ( channel down-mix )
- DivX, DVD / R / RW playback
- Full processor control
- DTS ®, Dolby Digital ® and Dolby Pro-Logic II ® support
- IMPRINT ™ Ready with dual input capability ( PXA-H100 audio processor required )
- Power Pack Ready ( optional KTP-445 amplifier upgrade required )
- 3 pre-outs (2V), subwoofer level control
- CEA-2006 Power Ratings: 18W x 4 RMS

iPod Compatibility
Full control and charging for:
- IPod 5G
- IPod nano 1G – 4G
- IPod classic
- IPod touch 1G and 2G
- IPhone and iPhone 3G
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alpine W520
Max Power Output Ratings

* Max Power Output: 4 x 50 W

FM Tuner

* Tuning Range: 87.5-108.0 MHz
* Mono Usable Sensitivity: 9 dBf (0.8μV/75ohms)
* 50dB Quieting Sensitivity: 12 dBf (1.1μV/75 ohms)
* Alternate Channel Selectivity: 80.0 dB
* Signal-to-Noise (S/N) Ratio: 60.0 dB
* Stereo Separation: 30.0 dB
* Capture Ratio: 2.0 dB

MW Tuner

* Tuning Range: 531-1,602 kHz
* Usable Sensitivity (IEC Standard): 22.5/27.0 (μV/dB)

LW Tuner

* Tuning Range: 153-281kHz
* Usable Sensitivity (IEC Standard): 31.6/30.0 (μV/dB)

Connection for USB

* USB Requirements: 1.1/2.0
* Max. Power Consumption: 500mA
* USB Class: Play From Device / Mass Storage Class
* File System: FAT 12/16/32
* MP3 Decoding: MPEG-1/2 AUDIO Layer-3
* WMA Decoding: Windows Media™ Audio
* AAC Decoding: ACC-LC format ′′/m4a′′ file
* Number of Channels: 2-Channel (Stereo)
* Frequency Response: 5-20 k ±1 dB (Frequency Response may differ depending on the encoder software/bitrate)
* Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.008% (at 1 kHz)
* Dynamic Range: 95 dB (at 1 kHz)
* Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 105 dB
* Channel Separation: 85 dB (at 1 kHz)

Disc Player

* Frequency Response: 5-20 k ±1 dB
* Channel Separation (1kHz): 65dB
* Dynamic Range (1kHz): 95dB
* Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.02% (at 1 kHz)
* Wow & Flutter (%WRMS): B.M.L.
* Audio Signal-to-Noise (S/N): More than 95dB
* Signal System: NTSC / PAL
* Horizontal Resolution: 500 lines or greater
* Video Output Level: 1Vp-p (75 ohms)
* Video Signal-to-Noise (S/N): DVD: 60 dB

Sound Tuning

* Subwoofer Level Adjustment: 0 to 15 Step
* High Pass Filter: OFF/80/120/160Hz
* Bass Level Control Range: -7 to +7
* Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz
* Bass Band Width Adjustment (Q): 1 to 4
* Treble Level Control Range: -7 to +7
* Treble Center Frequency: 10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, 17.5kHz
 
Thank you sifu Zenn !!!

However I still cannot find any point for comparison :(
 
If u intent to install Processor-H701 (now or future) your choice is 502 or else your choice is 520.:love:
 
Thank you hardbass, I realized that the 520 does not have optical out. I do not intent to go hardcore on my ICE but there is no knowing whether do I want a hxa or not.

I really am having a hard time differenciating between these 2, some says the 520 uses an LED screen but some says they are the same.

Confused...
 
No processer is mean thr will have no surround sound in your system even u play DVD movie (right me if i wrong).:adore:
In my opinion, 502 look better "jio" not matter screen or the outlook it self.:biggrin:
Just my 2 cent anyway
 
Hardbass, your 2 cents are worth millions to me. For someone who doesn't have that much to invest into ICEs I want to make sure I make the right choice.

I have been using Alpines for a long long time but I have never played with mobile media stations. Use to use amps and woofer but at this point of time I am not investing into those yet, am quite surprised that the sound on my stock components are very acceptable with the Ida-x305.

I had the luxury to test both the units just now, and hardbass you are right, outlook wise the 502 wins hands down. However since the 520 is a replacement model the firmware is more "modernized". Video wise they are both exactly the same.

To connect to the processor, the 502 uses optical out which the cable alone costs a bomb, the 520 runs on analog. Downside is both the sets don't display Chinese at all !!! :( :( :(

So at this stage, my heart is more toasted the 502 but of course, I'm still as confused :p
 
All my dear sifu's

anyone knows any accessory shop selling IVA-W502C ??

This is the hong kong unit.

Thank you !!
 
Anyone knows the price of both the units?

Thanks

Rublik,

You can get it at

C.V CAR AUTO ENTERPRISE
Address : 33 GROUND FLOOR, JALAN SS21/1A, DAMANSARA UTAMA, PETALING JAYA, 47400 SELANGOR.
Phone : 03-77106202
Fax : 03-77105902

They specialize in Alpine, and they do provide good solid service with great attitudes ;)
 
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Hi,

I have a w502 for sale, the w502 still in car~, PM me if you interested.
thanks!
 
oshann,

thanks for the offer, but i didn't want to install the E series cause they do not support chinese characters.

Finally installed my W520C yesterday with reverse camera.
Superb set, only thing is that I need to get used to the full chinese menu.

Oh well, win some, lose some ;)


hahaha...
 

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